Brandon & Kendra: Shenandoah Mountains Elopement + Virginia Elopement Photographer + Shenandoah National Park Elopement

April 26, 2018

Brandon and Kendra’s Shenandoah Mountains elopement was nothing short of breathtaking, you guys. I met Kendra a few years ago one summer when meeting her sister, Brittany, and her (now) husband, Alex. I instantly adored her and her sister’s adventurous spirits, and it broke my heart knowing I was unavailable when Brandon contacted me to meet him up on the popular McAfee Knob at sunrise to photograph the moment he’d propose to Kendra. It turns out, though, despite being unable to capture that big moment, Kendra still wanted me to photograph their wedding.

Fast forward to this year, Brandon and Kendra decided to forgo the big wedding and elope. After some planning and scheming, I knew exactly where I wanted to take them. Shenandoah National Park is full of epic views, hiking trails, and gorgeous waterfalls, and what better way to photograph and adventurous couple than to do a Shenandoah Mountains elopement? I knew they’d be up for some hiking and a little rock climbing, so there’d be no problems getting to some of the incredible spots I knew of and that we discovered. (And a huge thank you to my best friend, Sarah, for being my company and the official bouquet transporter. It’s time you move to VA and become my partner.)

We arrived at Shenandoah National Park on a mild, but beautiful Friday afternoon and hiked to the falls. You guys, Brandon and Kendra were amazing and perfectly represent my kinds of couples: fearless, connected, and incredible at cuddling up and getting caught up in each other. (Because, honestly, is there any other way to be in a moment like this?) They climbed the moss-covered rocks, playfully assisting each other, stealing kisses and quiet moments, and had no problem tip-toeing into the freezing cold pool at the bottom of the falls for a quick “dip”.

After the pretty awesome hike back up, we hopped into my Jeep and took to some of the incredible spots I knew would be full of perfect light, those remarkable Shenandoah Mountains, and the winds that always so beautifully create movement. Just wait until you see this Shenandoah Mountains elopement, you guys. Sunkissed, stolen kisses, wind dancing through Kendra’s hair, bare feet, and two loves twirling in meadows. It may all sound so cheesy, but this is exactly why I do what I do. It’s these moments with two people wrapped up in each other, celebrating life and love. It’s all about our new beginnings and forevers.

And catching the perfect sunset.

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  1. Anna Bowser

    April 26th, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Holy goodness! Those mountains, that waterfall & that blue thistle… this elopement is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations to them & what a beautiful elopement!

  2. Hanna

    April 27th, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Mountain Elopements are truly some of the most beautiful! All the texture and adventure really makes for gorgeous photos! I love that you photographed until the sun went down those last few are absolutely amazing! Beautiful work 🙂

  3. Teri

    April 27th, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    They are just too snuggly! The background scenes of this mountain elopement are amazing. And such delicious sunflare you captured!! beautiful work.

  4. sarah

    April 27th, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Oh my word.. this Shenandoah National Park elopement is epic. I love the way you captured them in the sunset, showing the beautiful love between them! This is amazing!

  5. Alicia Yarrish

    April 28th, 2018 at 4:34 am

    This is such a beautiful Virginia elopement photographer- that sun! Congrats to this adventurous couple <3

  6. Lindsay Zilke

    April 28th, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Now this mountain elopement is my dream wedding! And Shenandoah Valley National Park was the perfect spot for them! Wonderful captures of the beautiful couple!

  7. Meghan R

    April 28th, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Wow what an incredibly stunning Shenandoah Mountains elopement! Hiking and rock-climbing for a wedding? Now that’s one adventurous couple!

  8. Alyssa

    April 29th, 2018 at 12:27 am

    What a gorgeous Shenandoah national park elopement! I
    Over the seeet intimacy you captured in their photos. And those mountain top shots are to die for!

  9. Lynn Marie

    April 29th, 2018 at 1:37 am

    These are absolutely stunning! Holy cow! The waterfall photos are so gorgeous and I love the colors and tones so much. Very much my style. The sunset photos look like a travel ad for Shenandoah National Park and elopement photography. Just beyond gorgeous! Well done!

  10. Jennifer Calderon

    April 29th, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    These photos are beautiful! I love how romantic the mountain elopement is! It very much feels like they are on an adventure to conquer the world together!

  11. Kate

    April 30th, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    You totally took my breath away. This gorgeous couple is beautiful and the setting in the Shenandoah Mountains for their elopement is spot on. Amazing job!

  12. Emily

    April 30th, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I love all of the color variation you have here. What a lovely mountain session!

  13. M@ Ritscher

    May 1st, 2018 at 12:03 am

    I have always wanted to go to the Shenandoah mountains, and this makes me want to go even more. So beautiful!

  14. sydney

    May 1st, 2018 at 10:45 am

    This whole elopement is magical! Shenandoah National Park is so beautiful and gives a great backdrop for their elopement – especially that waterfall!

  15. Zoe Steindl

    May 1st, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Was so excited to see this elopement! Shenandoah national park is beautiful and the perfect place for an elopement!! The sunset at the end looked amazing!

  16. Elisebeth

    May 1st, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Wow – Shenandoah National Park looks like the perfect spot for an elopement! Your pictures tell such a great story!

  17. Nicole Daacke

    May 2nd, 2018 at 12:22 am

    This Shenandoah elopement is sooo dreamy! Shenandoah is such a beautiful national park, and this couple fit into the landscape flawlessly!

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